Without fully compromising OPSEC I can tell you that I reside directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy. I say that because the storm is HUGE and thus “right in the path” encompasses several states. I’m writing this post because I want to let all of you know a few things:
- My family and I are fully prepared
- Fortunately we do not have to Bug Out (Yet)
- I am anticipating long term power outages
- Updates to this Blog will be impacted by the storm
While I do not wish harm or misfortune on anyone this storm provides an opportunity to put into action many of the plans I had sitting on the shelf. This is why we do what we do as preppers, so when it all goes down we are ready. I hope to be able to continue to make updates here on the website but who knows if that will be possible over the course of the next few days. Once I finish posting this I also plan on recording a podcast which will give you some additional thoughts about the impending storm and what I have observed leading up to it.
No matter what my first priority is the safety of my family and subsequently the safety of those around me. These are the times when community members bond together through adversity and even if those around me have not chosen to prepare I will not hesitate to extend a helping hand. Additionally I will also be making mental notes throughout this ordeal hoping to capture lesson’s learned which I pass along to you my readers. It is one thing to watch reporters get soaked with rain standing on some beach, it is another thing entirely to view the world and a disaster through the lenses of a prepper. I will capture as much data as I can and pass it along in real time (if possible) or make notes with the intention to post up at a later date (if the power is down).
I do feel very much prepared but I still have some concerns, most of them are related to extended power outages. I see this storm playing out in two ways.
Best case scenario:
The storm passes through, lingers and bit and mostly brings rain and sustained winds which do not cause too much damage. Power is out initially in large patches but over the course of a few days is restored in orderly fashion. Power crews and those who have pledged to help from out of state have pre-positioned assets ready to react in force, the same will hold true for First Responders and the National Guard. In short the lead time that the storm has provided will mean that reactions will be swift and effective. Flooding will be a factor but controlled, power outages will be similar. The public will stay informed via a well organized support system and not go into panic mode. This my friends…is what I am hoping for.
Worst case scenario:
The storm is much worse than anyone expected. Much more powerful and lingers much longer. Power outages are widespread and stay that way for a week or more. Crews are simply overwhelmed and cannot get to or begin to fix all of the downed lines in a timely manner. Although assets were pre-positioned the First Responders and National Guard simply cannot be everywhere at once and people start to panic after 4 to 5 days of being in the dark. Flooding is massive, overwhelming the barriers that were put in place and tainting water supplies. Food starts to run short in many areas and people become impatient. Since there is no power no information is flowing and people start to take matters into their own hands.
In all honesty I hope that we can look back on this storm and say that it was not as bad as we thought it would be. In any even my family and I are prepared to face the full spectrum of possibilities from the best to the worst or anything in between. I will update this website as much as possible and capture any lesson’s learned so I can pass them your way.